Imagine a world where the newest technology brings light to the ones who need it.
RESEARCH BYMichal PristášTomáš StaníkMarek ŠuščákMarek Tomáš
OUR MENTORJaroslav Porubän
Blindness is a terrible disease that can critically
change your life once and for all. Blind people become dependent on others, mainly because the difficulties with orientation in space in a world created for people with sight. And it’s not only about mobility. There are many partial problems that need to be solved in order to help them to achieve a better life. And this is exactly what our solution does.
We have pushed
the limits of guidance technology for visually impaired. The Remote Assistant was developed to help blind people in many common situations. It can be used via the volun-
teer web application as well as the mobile app. Navigator can see video input of the navigated person, his position on the map and also his heading direction. Furthermore, he is able to send commands using joystick control. These commands are transformed into vibrations meaning different directions.
Points of interest have
different values for certain groups of people. For those who can’t see, it is the only way of self-sufficient orientation in space. We need to find a way of inspiring people to submit specific spatial data dedicated to visual-
ly impaired. This is the main purpose of our crowdsourcing web & WP7 apps,
developed using the newest Microsoft technologies.
To improve the remote assistant experience, we have created our own hardware component
that makes the guidance commands more clear and intuitive. The signals from the mobile device are being sent through Bluetooth into a vibrating belt, so the directions can be expressed to the navigated person in a natural way.
Our smartphone application for
blind people allows them to “see“ the world around. All you have to do is to point your device and it tells you
what’s ahead of you. Besides
pointing, you can use
touch input to search
the area, like it was a
map projected on the display. All that and more integrated in a mobile application.
Are you blind ? We want to know your opinion ! Please send your thoughts and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org